Rosalie Island Potomac River Waterfront Community Park

Public Park Design
Washington, DC

Recipient of the Maryland/Potomac Chapter ASLA Award

In June 2010, the Rosalie Island Potomac River Waterfront Community Park opened to the public.  The park consists of a four-acre park on Rosalie Island adjacent to the Potomac River, and a 23,000 square-foot elevated pedestrian bridge spanning Interstate-95.  Overlooks at each end of the bridge provide dramatic views of the Potomac River and Alexandria, Virginia.

While working at Mahan Rykiel Associates on this project’s design team, I assisted in designing a park on Rosalie Island, an overlook at each end of the elevated pedestrian bridge, paving patterns for the project, and the green roof system.

I was the lead designer for the planting design of the elevated pedestrian bridge, which was inspired by the natural serpentine forms of the adjacent Potomac River and the surrounding Chesapeake Bay landscape.

rosalie-1View of the landscaped pedestrian bridge

grasses imageSerpentine pathways and masses of trees, perennials, and grasses wind through the pedestrian bridge.

pathway imageOrnamental grasses and hardy perennials

rosalie-ol1South overlook with sitting boulders, eagle watch scopes, and a view of the Potomac River

rosalie-ol2North overlook with interpretive panels, describing the natural and cultural history of the site.

rosalie birchView from Rosalie Island Park to the Potomac River and Woodrow Wilson Bridge

rosalie-todcFall blooming perennials and grasses border the main pedestrian pathway.

rosalie-dogThe pedestrian park is well used as a destination along the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Trail.